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Anglo-Israel Cardiovascular Conference Defies Academic BDS

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, near Tiberias in northern Israel, next week will host a two-day international conference of notable cardiologists and heart surgeons from Israel and the UK. The 6th Anglo Israel Cardiovascular Symposium will take place Dec. 7 and 8 at the Rimonim Galei Kinneret hotel in Tiberias.

Dozens of senior cardiologists from Israel and the world will attend the conference, including the president of the Israel Heart Society, and six cardiac surgery department heads from the Padeh-Poriya, Sheba, Rambam, Soroka, Shaare Zedek, and Carmel medical centers.

Prof. Oren Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law and Director of the Minnesota Center for Legal Studies at the University of Minnesota Law School, will lecture on the legal aspects of the stubble against the BDS movement and the phenomenon of anti-Israel boycotts on British and European campuses.

Prof. Ofer Amir, Director of the cardiovascular system at Padeh-Poriya, stressed that the conference is being held as part of an ongoing effort to increase cooperation between Israeli and European and British cardiology. According to Amir, beyond its academic value, the conference sends a message challenging the validity and purpose of the BDS movement, which supports boycotting Israeli scientists, physicians and other academics.

Also appearing at the conference: Dr. Romeo Vecht, one of the founders of the Anglo-Israel Cardiovascular Conference, who used to be the cardiologist for the King of Jordan; and Prof. Ulrich Sigwart, from University of Geneva, Switzerland, who will lecture on Alcohol Septal Ablation (minimally invasive treatment) for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – is it as Good as Surgery?

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Extreme Leftwing Israeli NGO Calling for Ariel University Boycott

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Extreme leftwing NGO Gush Shalom (the Peace Bloc) attempted to sabotage a conference organized by Ariel University in Samaria, involving senior foreign academics, 20IL reported Sunday. A letter Gush Shalom sent the invited researchers said:

“The settler university in Ariel, in the West bank, is about to hold what is being presented as an international conference on the current condition of the Jewish nation. In order o be able to get lectors and researchers from abroad to participate, the university used an intentionally deceitful representation, arguing that it stands inside Israel proper – while the university management is very well aware that it stands in an occupied territory which isn’t and never was part of the State of Israel.”

The NGO told foreign researchers: “It is important that you know that your participation in this conference will be more than just an academic activity of passing on your knowledge and experience in a discussion of the state of the Jewish nation. Whether you are aware of it or not, your participation in this conference, under the fraudulent location ‘Ariel, Israel,’ will also mean taking a political stand on the most controversial issue between Israel and the international community and between Israel and the Palestinians – which is also the most controversial issue among the different parties and political factions within Israeli society.”

Gush Shalom called on the foreign academics to “act based on full and accurate information, as befits someone who is committed to honesty and academic accuracy.”

Gush Shalom was founded in 1993 by one of the more colorful but not very influential Israeli journalist, publisher and MK Uri Avneri. One of the first Israelis to have met publicly with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Avnery, 93, was among the founders of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace in 1975.

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Third Largest City in Norway Approves Anti-Israel Boycott

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

In the Norwegian city of Trondheim, city council members approved a resolution this month banning government purchase of goods and services from what it calls the “Occupied Territories,” according to The Local Norway.

Trondheim city lawmakers this week also officially called local residents to boycott goods and services produced by Israeli manufacturers in Judea and Samaria.

The French government also joined the boycott last week, announcing on Thursday new requirements for importers and retailers to label products manufactured in Jewish communities located in any area won by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump has clearly showed his stand on the BDS issue: last week he named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley, 44, is known in Israel for her vocal opposition to the BDS movement. Last year, she signed into law the first statewide bill in the United States to block BDS activity in her state.

One of the most rabidly pro-BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) groups in Israel is partly funded by Norway.  Sabeel, founded in 1989 and run by Naim Ateek, former Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem. The group is based in Jerusalem and registered in Israel as a nonprofit organization.

The moves by Norway’s third largest city were condemned in a vote on Friday by the World Jewish Congress.

In a letter to Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer wrote: “Everybody has a right to express views and voice criticism about international affairs of concern. However, in this instance, we notice once again that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel uses double standards.

“No other country is being made the target of such a hypocritical campaign. Trondheim wants to boycott Israeli goods, and Israeli goods alone, for political reasons.”

A little over a year ago, an anti-Semitic caricature implying that Jews control money was produced on a VISA debit/credit card issued by Norway’s largest banking institution, DNB.

When the Israeli Embassy in Oslo contacted the management of the bank, the manager apologized to the ambassador but also offered the excuse that the bank allows clients to order personally designed cards — even though the person who received the offensive design had never requested it.

Kosher slaughter is forbidden in Norway and circumcision is frowned upon.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Diplomatic Wife Excluded in Chilean Event

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The wife of an Israeli diplomat was deliberately excluded from a diplomatic event scheduled to be held Sunday at the Club Palestino in the capital of Chile.

Michal Hayet, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to Chile, Eldad Hayet, was not invited to the annual charity gathering held by a nonprofit organization attended by all the diplomats’ wives.

Some of the members of the Palestinian Authority club also planned to attend this year’s event, intended as a fundraiser for poverty-stricken families in the host country.

Club Palestino, a social and sports club, is located in Las Condes, one of the more elegant neighborhoods of Santiago.

Organizers of the event sent their apologies but reported they were unable to change the venue for the affair. “The participation of diplomatic representatives will be reduced,” they acknowledged, noting that some other wives were likely to refrain from attending as well in solidarity.

Indeed, a number of diplomats’ wives withdrew their support in response, including the wife of the German ambassador and a number of others from the European Union.

Ambassador Hayet filed a protest against the boycott, calling it an “absolute breach of diplomatic relations.” He accused the organizers of supporting the boycott against Israel led by the Palestinian Authority and the local PA Arab community.

“If they had invited us we would have been happy to participate,” he said. “You are generating a politicization of both the organization and the activity, whose objective was the charity for the needy in Chile.”

Hana Levi Julian

ZOA Head Wants ADL’s Greenblatt to Apologize to Bannon

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein released a statement saying “it is painful to see Anti-Defamation League (ADL) president Jonathan Greenblatt engaging in character assassination against President-elect Trump’s appointee Stephen Bannon and Mr. Bannon’s company, Breitbart media. ADL/Greenblatt essentially accused Mr. Bannon and his media company of ‘anti-Semitism’ and Israel hatred, when Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL tweeted that Bannon ‘presided over the premier website of the ‘alt right’ – a loose-knit group of white nationalists and anti-Semites.’”

But Klein insists that, as pro-Israel writer (who happens to be an orthodox Jew) Joel B. Pollak wrote, Mr. Bannon is “an American patriot who defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.”

According to Klein, ZOA’s experience and analysis of Breitbart articles confirm Bannon’s and Breitbart’s “friendship and fair-mindedness towards Israel and the Jewish people. To accuse Mr. Bannon and Breitbart of anti-Semitism is Orwellian.” He cites cases in wich Breitbart fought against anti-Semitism:

Bannon joined ZOA in fighting the anti-Semitic rallies at CUNY, a Breitbart reporters called CUNY officials and Gov. Cuomo aides urging them to do something about it.

Breitbart regularly publishes articles reporting that the Palestinian Authority defames Israel with blatant falsehoods.  On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported that “the Palestinian Authority’s official TV network has been airing a video several times a day baselessly accusing Israel of poisoning former PA President Yasser Arafat and further claiming that Israel is targeting current President Mahmoud Abbas next.  Arafat died at the age of 75 on November 11, 2004, just outside of Paris. A French forensic team examined his remains and concluded that there were no traces of poison in his body.  Nevertheless, every year around the anniversary of his death, the PA disseminates the libel that Israel murdered him.”

On November 14, 2016 Breitbart reported the human cost and pain to a Jewish student at the New School of finding a swastika scrawled on her dorm room door.

Breitbart publicizes Iran’s violations of the nuclear deal – which pose an existential threat to Israel.  On November 13, 2016, Breitbart reported that “despite a finding published by the UN’s atomic energy agency this week that Iran has — for the second time — stockpiled more heavy water than permitted under the terms of the nuclear agreement it reached with six world powers last year, the US State Department is declining to acknowledge this as a violation of the deal.

Breitbart also reports sympathetically on the scourge of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).  On November 2, 2016, Breitbart reported that “reports of anti-Semitic incidents on US college campuses have increased, much of it attributed to the rise of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.”

Klein declared the ZOA is urging “Jonathan Greenblatt/ADL to withdraw and apologize for their inappropriate character assassination of Mr. Bannon and Breitbart Media.”

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PA Governor Signs Anti-BDS Bill

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, (the good PA, not the bad PA) signed a bill on Friday prohibiting the State from contracting with businesses that boycott Israel or are connected to the BDS movement.

The bill, HB 2107, sponsored by Representative Matt Baker, prohibits the Pennsylvanian commonwealth from contracting with any company or organization that engages in an economic boycott against Israel.

Governor Tom Wolf said:

“We must make clear that we are in favor of a peaceful, negotiated solution to this conflict and that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the United States, stand behind our friends and allies, and will not encourage economic punishment in place of peaceful solutions to challenging conflicts,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We, as a Commonwealth, must make sure that Pennsylvania is not contributing to a cause that is antithetical to our country’s position on the world’s stage.”

Representative Matt Baker said:

“I would like to commend and extend my appreciation to the General Assembly and Governor for supporting and signing this important and historic legislation into law,” said Representative Matt Baker. “This legislation makes it very clear that companies can either perform a BDS action or they can do business with Pennsylvania. However, they cannot do both.”

This law will prohibit contracting with BDS businesses, states that a purchasing agency may not contract with a company unless the company certifies that it is not currently engaged in a boycott of an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction not prohibited by Congressional statute from engaging in trade or commerce. Also, the entity must certify that it will not engage in such boycotting during the duration of the contract.

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Israeli Coalition MKs to Snub Arab Lawmakers After Peres Funeral Boycott

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Knesset coalition lawmakers say they’ll walk out when Arab members of the Israeli parliament speak from the podium this week.

The action comes in response to the boycott of the September 30 funeral of former President Shimon Peres z’l, by the Arab legislators. The boycott was condemned by numerous other MKs.

Yisrael Beytenu party chairman and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised the coalition for the boycott. “I hope that same boycott will continue until the end of the session,” he said.

Liberman called the Israeli Arab lawmakers who boycotted the Peres funeral, “representatives of terror groups in the Israeli government” who were “not legitimate.” Most Israeli Arab citizens, he contended, are loyal and should be integrated into Israeli society.

Israeli Arab MK Ahmad Tibi, a member of the Joint Arab List, slammed the boycott. “The announcement by the prime minister, advocating for a boycott of an entire faction representing an entire segment of the population, is unprecedented,” he wrote in a Hebrew tweet on the Twitter social networking site.

Joint Arab List chairman and MK Ayman Odeh told reporters that he’s not surprised by the move, which he said was part of the “fascist and racist policies” of the Israeli government.

“Even if you leave the plenary, even if you shut your eyes really tightly, we will still be here,” he warned, adding that he saw the move as a way to speak directly to the public without interference from other lawmakers.

Hana Levi Julian

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